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Exemptions and Accelerated Graduation

Course Exemptions

Course exemptions are available to students who enrolled with appropriate prior background, such as A grades or distinctions in A-level H2/H3 subjects, or selected courses from a local polytechnic.

Exempted courses will be listed with an “EX” grade in the degree transcript. They do not count toward GPA calculations, but the Academic Units earned will contribute toward graduation requirements. Note, however, that the University requires at least 69 AU of letter-graded courses, and at least 3 academic years of study, for the conferral of an undergraduate degree. Exempted courses are considered non-graded courses. Moreover, exempted courses cannot be used to fulfill minor requirements.

Course exemptions are strictly applicable only to students enrolled in the first year of study at SPMS. No exemption applications will be accepted afterward. No exemption applications will be accepted for courses offered as Unrestricted Electives or GER Prescribed Electives for SPMS students.

Students qualifying for course exemptions will be informed by the SPMS Undergraduate Office via email in July. Instructions on how to exercise the course exemption option will be included in the email.

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Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level

Course Code
Course Title
AU
Exemption Requirements
CM1021
Basic Inorganic Chemistry with Laboratory
(for CHEM and CHFS programmes only)
4
Students with an A grade in H2 Chemistry or Distinction in H3 Chemistry (with acceptable topic) may apply to take an Exemption Test; upon passing the test, an exemption is granted for the course(s).
CM1031
Basic Organic Chemistry with Laboratory
(for CHEM and CHFS programmes only)
4
CM1041
Basic Physical Chemistry with Laboratory
(for CHEM and CHFS programmes only)
4
CM1051
Basic Biology and Biochemistry
(for CHEM and CHFS programmes only)
3
A grade in H2 Biology

Local Polytechnic Diploma

Course Code
Course Title
AU
Local Polytechnic Diploma
CM1051
Basic Biology and Biochemistry
(for CHEM and CHFS programmes only)
3
A grade in three relevant biology or biochemistry courses

NUS High School or International Baccalaureate Diploma

Course Code
Course Title
AU
Others
CM1021
Basic Inorganic Chemistry with Laboratory
(for CHEM and CHFS programmes only)
4
NUSHS Diploma holders with an overall CAP of > 4.50 in Chemistry, or IB holders with a score point of ≥ 7 in Chemistry, may apply to take an Exemption Test; upon passing the test, an exemption is granted for the course(s).
CM1031
Basic Organic Chemistry with Laboratory
(for CHEM and CHFS programmes only)
4
CM1041
Basic Physical Chemistry with Laboratory
(for CHEM and CHFS programmes only)
4
CM1051
Basic Biology and Biochemistry
(for CHEM and CHFS programmes only)
3
NUSHS Diploma holders with an overall CAP of > 4.50 in Biology, or IB holders with a score point of ≥ 7 in Biology, may apply to take an Exemption Test; upon passing the test, and exemption is granted for the course.

Accelerated Bachelor Programme

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First year students in the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences who have demonstrated good academic performance are invited to join the Accelerated Bachelor Programme (ABP). Students in this programme may graduate in 3.5 years instead of the normal candidature period of 4 years, subject to continued good performance throughout the course of study. Good curriculum and timetable planning will be required in order to reach the early-graduation target.

Students may be invited, via e-mail, to join the ABP if they fulfill the following conditions:

  1. Achieved a minimum CGPA of 4.25 at the end of Semester 1 of first year.
  2. Accumulated at least 21 AUs at the end of Semester 1 of first year.

Please take note of the following facts about the Accelerated Bachelor Programme:

  • The ABP requires students to overload every semester. Hence, the workload is substantially heavier than other students who are taking 4 years to complete the programme.
  • ABP students who are unable to maintain good performance throughout the course of study (minimum CGPA of 4.00) will be automatically dropped from the programme.
  • ABP students who do not plan their curriculum and timetables properly, and hence are unable to fulfill their graduation requirements in 3.5 years, will be dropped from the programme.
  • In either instance of being dropped from the programme (either not maintaing the expected academic performance, or inability to fulfill the degree requirements in 3.5 years), no penalty is imposed on the student.

For enquiries about the Accelerated Bachelor Programme, please email spmsundgrad@ntu.edu.sg.​​